WHY YOU SHOULDN'T GET YOUR WORKOUTS FROM THE 'GRAM
You wanna know what really grinds my gears? When I leave a tissue in my pocket and it goes through the wash… but also, influencers who post random, fun looking but ineffective workout routines on instagram in an attempt to increase their likes.
Don’t get me wrong, the ‘gram is an exceedingly useful source of information when used by professionals, providing high quality, thoughtful training advice.
I’m talking about those workouts that look more like elaborate dance routines, with the unnecessarily complicated movements that leave you wondering what muscles you’re actually working, and whether you’re even doing them correctly.
So I’m going to get this off my chest, and hopefully help you make better training decisions.
3 reasons why you shouldn’t be getting your workouts from the ‘gram:
1. THEY’RE NOT REAL
The video that you’re watching? That was filmed specifically for you, so that you can watch/like/save. It’s highly unlikely that you’re watching this influencer’s real workout, and it’s ten times out of ten, it’s not how this person actually built their strength/fitness/physique.
While some of these workouts can look fun, they have usually been designed to simply entertain you and look cool, rather than with the intention of actually being effective.
What often isn’t advertised, is that this person has put in years and years of structured foundational training and has drilled the basic mechanics of squatting, hinging, pressing and pulling, over and over and over again. And they’re still doing it, because this is training at it’s core and this is the most effective way to build strength and muscle.
They did not build their strength and fitness to where it is now by simply following the randomised workouts they are showcasing for you.
The truth is, consistency in the basics may not be as sexy, but it’s what works.
2. IT’S NOT A COMPLETE PROGRAM
When we pick and choose our workouts at random, what tends to happen is that we lean towards exercises that we enjoy, or are easy, or that we are already good at, and avoid the exercises that we actually need to be doing to improve.
No one likes doing the things they’re bad at; it’s not fun to keep sucking at something, while trying to progressively suck less and less with time, commitment and patience.
The truth is though, If you want to see real results, you NEED a deliberate plan that accounts for structural balance and progressive overload, based on your personal fitness level and goals.
3. instagram is not A COACH
When you perform these quite often complicated, and progressed workouts on your own, there’s no one watching and assessing your technique, or providing scaled options for movements that you might not have the strength or skill to perform yet.
Trying to complete movements that are unfamiliar or that your body isn’t ready can mean that you use poor technique, which can lead to injury. They’ll also be ineffective if you’re not doing the movement the way it’s intended, which will be frustrating, and to be honest, just make you feel a bit shit.
Now, with all that being said, there is a time and a place to try cool new movements and fun workouts, which is: when they are incorporated into a well structured program, and when you are confident that you can execute the movements well.
Look for accounts that provide technical cues or performance points for the exercise, a reason WHY for the exercise, HOW to include it into your existing program, and scalable options to help you build towards this progression if it’s still a bit too hard.